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Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS), in partnership with the Edmonton Firefighters’ Burn Treatment Society (EFBTS), will be hosting Burn Awareness Week from February 2 to 8, 2020.

Last year, Edmonton experienced more than 55 fire-related injuries. There were 84 injuries in 2018 and 53 in 2017.

This year will be the first year EFRS has participated in a campaign around burn prevention and awareness. The theme is “Contact Burns - Hot Surfaces Damage Skin.” 

If you have any questions about burn prevention, join the conversation on social media during Burn Awareness Week using the hashtag #burnawarenessweek. You can also visit our partner site:

Burn Prevention

Hot surfaces damage skin. Here’s how you can prevent contact burns around the home.

Hot Appliances / Cooking Burns
  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in Edmonton.
  • Always use oven mitts or potholders to remove hot items from the stove or microwave.
  • Use the back burners of the stove to prevent children from reaching up and touching hot pots and pans.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  • Never hold a child while you are cooking, drinking a hot liquid, or carrying hot foods or liquids.
  • If you are overly tired, have consumed alcohol or medication, do not use the stove or stovetop.
  • After cooking, check the kitchen to make sure all burners and appliances are turned off.
  • Cooking oil combusts at high temperatures. Stay alert when cooking with oil and do not carry the pot or pan if a fire starts. Carefully slide a lid or cookie sheet over the flame to smother it. Do not try to douse the flame with water.
  • If a fire starts in the oven, turn off the heat and leave the door closed.
Fireplace Burns
  • The glass doors of gas fireplaces can reach extreme temperatures. Serious burn injuries from hot glass can happen in less than 1 second of contact. Use safety gates, install screen barriers, and supervise toddlers and young children around fireplaces.
  • Glass fireplace doors remain hot for at least an hour after use. Make sure fireplace “on” switches and remote controls are out of the reach of children.
  • Keep anything that can burn or catch fire at least 3 feet from a fireplace.
Candle Burns
  • Keep matches and lighters up high and out of the reach of children in a locked or secure cabinet.
  • Ensure hot wax will not make contact with anything flammable.
  • Do not leave candles burning while out of the room and always remember to fully extinguish the flame.
  • Keep anything that can burn or catch fire at least 12 inches, or 1 foot, away from candles. Candles should be housed in a proper container in an open area away from any clutter.
Smoking Material Burns
  • Allow ashtray contents to completely extinguish and cool before discarding into trash. Use water or sand to fully smother embers that may be lingering.
  • When smoking, only use deep, sturdy, and non-combustible ashtrays to extinguish materials. Plant potters contain peat and organic materials that can allow ashes to smoulder and combust.
Hair Appliance Tools / Hot Object Burns
  • Keep hot objects away from counter edges and out of the reach of children
  • Have a conversation with your children about never handling hair appliances that may still be hot after use, even if not plugged in anymore

For More Information

Fire Prevention Office
10465 - 105 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T5H 0P5

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4:30pm (Closed on weekends and statutory holidays)


780-496-3628 (voicemail only)


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